Zambian woman denied entry into Pakistan dies after spending night on ‘no man’s land’

Zambian woman denied entry into Pakistan dies after spending night on ‘no man’s land’

Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 08.50.10A Zambian woman, tested positive for HIV, died in Punjab India after spending a night on ‘No man’s land’ between India and Pakistan after being denied entry into Pakistan.

Twala Keltha, 28, was taken to Guru Nanak Dev Medical hospital in India by police on Friday after she was deported by Pakistan officials in absence of visa.

Head of department of medicine, Doctor NS Neki, said that Keltha underwent a number of medical tests but died before the reports came in. She also had convulsions. He added that she did not cooperate with the medical team, especially the male physicians.

Twala arrived in Amritsar from Delhi and was on the way to Pakistan but she was returned by Pakistan immigration officials since she did not possess a visa.

Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Pardeep Sabharwal said the post-mortem examination would be conducted after getting a nod from these authorities since the woman is a foreign national. Amritsar (Rural) SSP said Keltha had reached Attari on June 25 and wanted to go to Pakistan. “She did not have visa for Pakistan. But after Indian authorities spoke to their Pakistani counterparts, they agreed to grant her visa on arrival. However, when she crossed over, Pakistan refused to grant her visa.
And by that time, the office on the Indian side had closed.
The woman spent the night on the zero line. On June 26, she was handed over to authorities in India in a semi-conscious state and was later rushed to a hospital in Amritsar where she died on Saturday,” the SSP said.

She appeared mentally disturbed and did not allow any doctor to come close to her. She had valid Indian visa and was to depart for her native nation on June 27.

“There is no apparent injury mark on her body. The cause of death would be known only after autopsy,” said the SSP. He added the woman was visiting India “on a tourist visa, which was given to her on the invitation of a Maharashtra-based company”.

GNDH’s department of medicine head Dr NS Neki, who attended her, said the Zambian national suffered fits as she was being taken for diagnostic tests today. She was immediately rushed to the emergency ward where she died. “Her initial blood reports reveal that she had an HIV infection,” he said. Deputy Commissioner Pardeep Sabharwal said a medical board was being constituted to find out exact cause of her death.

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